YouTube now supports 360º video playback on Chrome and on Android devices. You can change the camera’s perspective both while the video is playing and when it’s paused. See more examples here, here and here.
(NSFW: Language) A Family Feud-style browser game based on Google search results. You’re presented with the first part of a search and you’ll guess what the rest of it could be. We want to see how Steve Harvey reacts to this.
The other Steve Wozniak has created this ridiculous Chrome extension which does its best to identify faces on every web page, and replace their peepers (and occasionally other orifices) with googly eyes. Guaranteed minutes of fun!
Google Japan used 300 Android mobile devices and the Androidify app to create a digital beatbox a capella rendition of Beethoven’s Ode to Joy. The virtual choir will also perform live in Tokyo. Not to be outdone, Apple China set up a… oh wait.
The latest in Google’s renamed zeitgeist commercial series features Nobel Prize winners, world champions, diseases, ice buckets, viruses, viral videos and more. Find out more about this year’s most searched topics on Google.
A gathering of YouTube’s biggest celebrities and the people, animals, songs and memes that went viral this year, including Last Week Tonight, the Spider Dog and of course Frozen. The message is clear: YouTube is the new TV.
9to5 Mac compared Google and Apple’s dashboard interfaces for their mobile devices. CarPlay (4:45) seems less elegant than Android Auto. Regardless, both seem to be just as distracting as using your phone while driving.
Unofficially the Moto X’s big brother, the Nexus 6 has a 5.96″ 2560×1440 AMOLED display, a 13mp rear camera with optical image stabilization, a 3220mAh battery and will be one of the first devices to launch with Android 5.0 Lollipop.
Made by Georgia Tech student Jay Zuerndorfer, Captioning on Glass uses a companion Android app to translate speech into text in real time. Jay and his schoolmates are also working on a language translation software.
EA Sports teamed up with Google to make the Madden Giferator. The web app lets you make GIFs using animations from Madden NFL 15. Pick a team, a player and a background then add your smack talk and fire away.
Like Amazon’s Prime Air, Project Wing is a concept for a drone delivery service. The current prototype features a small tail-sitter that automatically flies to the delivery zone and lowers its package using a winch. More here.
Part of the Google Cultural Institute – yeah, we didn’t know that existed either – the Street Art Project is a curated collection of over 5,000 images and 100 exhibits, including those that have already been taken down.
It’s no secret that Google has been working on autonomous cars for quite some time, but we were surprised to see this diminutive prototype, which has no steering wheel, accelerator or brake pedal, though it currently tops out at 25mph.
See what it’s like to be and to practice against the Maestro, thanks to Roger Federer, his coach Stefan Edberg and Google Glass. Imagine if you could livestream from a celebrity’s perspective. Oh wait.
Google Glass is still in beta, but on 4/15/14, any US resident over 18 years old will be able to purchase the wearable device. Sign up on the Glass website to get an email reminder and be back there on Tuesday to place your order.
Here’s one of the best reasons to use Google Chrome. Steven Frank’s Cloud to Butt is a Chrome extension that looks for the phrase “the cloud” in webpages and changes them into “my butt.” Check out more examples here.
Google combines its Street View with its search engine and a voiceover to take you on a guided tour of Marseille, France. The result is a lovely and educational trip that you can take at your own pace. Best experienced with headphones.
Not about to be outdone by their American counterparts, Google Japan joins in on April Fools’ Day with this technical joke: a mechanical hand that makes it easier to use touchscreen devices. Captions available.
Android Wear is Google’s upcoming operating system for smartwatches. It displays notifications based on time, location and your personal info. It also supports voice commands and third-party apps. More here.
Google presented a non-functioning prototype of the Project Ara modular smartphone at This Week in Startups. The bare bones model could cost as low as $50 and will come in three sizes. Skip to around 6:00 for the demo.
Google took its Street View cars to the Top Gear test track in the UK. Just head to Google Maps and you can take a tour of the famous track, with The Stig harassing escorting you until you go across the line.
You can worry less now about having your holiday spirit attacked thanks to an easter egg from Google. From any mobile device, simply type “let’s go caroling” into Google’s search box and karaoke versions of several classics pop up.
Google once again recounts significant events, viral moments, the highs, lows and other recent memories from the past year – based on search volume. We only wish they would make these clips longer. So much more happened than this.
(NSFW) With Google+ currently looking like yet another failed experiment, CollegeHumor decided it was time to go back to an old sketch that we truly and deeply hope stays as a joke. Because Mountain View has all of us by our balls.